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Government lays offshore development strategy

The Irish government is to consult on proposals for site licensing and leasing arrangements for offshore wind and wave energy. "Any policy on offshore installations must take on board the highest standards of environmental quality and consider how these installations might impact on communities," says Frank Fahey, minister for marine and natural resources. Applicants will require a Foreshore Licence to investigate the suitability of a site. They may then apply for a Foreshore Lease to build the project, valid for up to three years. The applicant will be able to specify the date from which the licence will run. "A full environmental impact statement will be required of potential developers in each case and there will be full public consultation," says Fahey. The Foreshore Lease is dependent on the developer obtaining consents and licences to operate and supply electricity, and winning planning consent for associated onshore works.

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